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Republicans struggle to elect and retain female members of Congress

Data: Brookings; Chart: Axios Visuals

While the number of women serving in Congress is increasing, there's been a drop in the number of female GOP legislators in recent years while Democrats are seeing greater participation.

Driving the news: Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) announced her retirement from the House on Friday. She and Rep. Jackie Walorski are the first Republican women to represent Indiana in Congress since 1959.

McCarthy: GOP should support Trump's tariff threat to avoid tariffs

Kevin McCarthy standing behind Trump
Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Bloomberg News on Wednesday that Senate Republicans need to support President Trump's tariff threat against Mexico in order to give the White House a strong hand in negotiations, even if they're opposed to the proposal.

"End of the day we should support the president so we can get an agreement so we don't have tariffs. Them talking about not supporting him undercuts his ability to do that."

Why it matters: Most Republicans are fundamentally opposed to these tariffs, as became even clearer on Tuesday when senators warned the White House that the Mexico threat has little to no support from GOP lawmakers. McCarthy, in a roundabout way, is arguing that Republicans who raise their concerns will undermine negotiations with Mexico, which could ultimately hurt Trump's ability to strike an immigration deal and result in the very tariffs they are seeking to avoid.